Jenny Erikson Radio Show – Episode 0021

In which I talk to Meredith Dake about Media Matters for America, and also ramble about summertime with kids, ATF, Obama, and Google+.

Happy listening!

Arizona Plans to Build a Fence to Keep the Bad Guys Out

With Arizona’s controversial immigration lawpotentially headed for the Supreme Court, the state has decided to take safety precautions against drug runnerskidnappers, andmurderers into its own hands. SB 1070 lost an appeal last month to reverse a lower court’s order preventing key provisions of the immigration law from being enforced.

The federal government won’t do its job of cracking down on illegal immigration in Arizona, so Arizona tried to tackle the problem itself. Then, like a nanny scolding a toddler for getting too big for his britches, Uncle Sam wagged his finger and shook his head before gorging on bonbons paid for by the taxpayers (aka working people).

Sorry, Arizona, you’re SOL.

Not Arizona! Oh no. Arizonians have had enough phooeying around, and are probably pretty sick of being called racists because they want to keep criminals from tromping through their backyards. They’re probably also sick of the litter. That stuff’s gross, and it’s expensive to clean up.

Read the rest at The Stir

Immigration: Grecian Style

The left loves illegal immigrants. Let’s make all the criminals that sneak into our country citizens, with full access to social services! The right loves legal immigrants. We say, let’s reform the system and let anyone (that isn’t a criminal) that wants a shot at the American dream to come on over.

Oh yeah, and let’s build a big fence with armed guards to keep the drug traffickers, sex slave traders, kidnappers, and murderers out.

You know what else the left loves? The European Union. Especially countries like Greece, where an extravagant redistribution of wealth in the name of social justice has bankrupt the entire country.

I wonder if liberals still love the EU since news leaked of their strict border enforcement policy. Greece is the entry point for 90% of illegal immigrants trying to make it into Western Europe. The EU sent 175 border agents with guns to the Greek border with Turkey, but the Greeks have deemed it insufficient:

The socialist government has recently announced that it plans to build a razor-wire fence along the border. It will, say officials, be equipped with sonar systems and thermal sensors and be modelled [sic] along the lines of similar “walls” in Spain, Lithuania and France.

“If we could have it up tomorrow, we would,” said Christos Papoutsis, the country’s minister for citizen protection. “Greece is not a paradise… it is in the midst of economic crisis, wages are going down, unemployment is surging and there is not enough work for our own people or the migrants who are already here. Our hope is that this fence will send a message.”

You can’t have socialism and open immigration. Two plus two does not equal five. Liberals in our country can’t have it both ways. Either you allow everyone in and give them a chance to make a living, or you batten down the hatches and tell would-be immigrants, “No soup for you!”

Personally, I favor the approach that made America great to begin with. Let them in. Give them property rights. Don’t punish success with excessive taxation. Let anyone willing to work for it come in and take a shot at the American dream.  We might be welcoming the next Andrew Carnegie or Levi Strauss.

Census Data Out: Blue States Lose, Red States Win

The first wave of Census 2010 data came out this week and the numbers are shocking: It turns out that people don’t like paying high taxes.

The population grew 9.7 percent overall, from 281,421,906 in 2000 to 308,745,538 in 2010. It’s reassuring that people still like to have babies, because without them the world would be just like in that movie Children of Men — a sad, dark world with no hope. And it’s important to note that some of that increased number comes from immigration, which also makes me happy because I still believe America is the greatest nation on the planet, and I’m glad other people do too!

Not every state grew proportionally in population to every other state. Some states grew a lot more than others. Specifically, the states with the lowest taxes grew the most. Seven of the nine states without an income tax grew faster than the national average. Texas alone saw a 21% growth in population over the last decade. The business-friendly environment means more financial security, which means more people move there and/or have more babies.

Read more at The Stir

A Plea for Immigration Reform

Violence in Mexico is in the news again. Mexican pirates on Falcon Lake, which borders Texas and Mexico, murdered David Hartley, who was enjoying the day with his wife on the water. Patients at Mexican drug rehabilitation centers have been murdered in Juarez,Chihuahua, Mexico City, and Tijuana, just to name a few.

It’s looking pretty bad for a country supposedly on a crackdown against illegal drugs. Since Mexican President Felipe Calderondeclared a war on drugs nearly four years ago, 28,000 people have been killed in drug-related incidents.

Of course, President Calderon puts the blame for those killings squarely on the United State’s shoulders. According to that paragon of virtue and leadership, the U.S. should be doing more to reduce the demand for the drugs that is fueling the violence in Mexico.

Apparently Mexicans don’t do drugs. Also, American potheads are forcing the scary drug lords to grow some weed so they can get their fix.

Calderon also likes to point the finger at the United States for supplying the drug cartels with their weapons. Even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went along with this myth, declaring that 90% of illegal guns in Mexico can be traced to the United States. This is so blatantly false that it’s amazing she still has a job. Only 17% of those firearms are traced back to us, which means that Mexican criminals are getting 83% of those weapons elsewhere.

It should also be mentioned that police corruption in Mexico is rampant. Crime in Mexico cannot be tied to the U.S., no matter how hard the Mexican government and our government try to insist upon it. Mexico is full of real people being dominated and killed by a corrupt government and police force alternatively in cahoots with — or fighting against — the powerful drug cartels.

It’s no wonder we have so many illegal immigrants seeking refuge in the United States.

We need to give law-abiding Mexicans a chance to come to America and raise their families in our well-ordered society. It’s not fair that only those immigrants willing to break the law and sneak across the border can live here.

It’s nearly impossible to become a citizen legally these days, and for those hoping to escape the violence of their homeland and make a better life in America, there’s only despair or acting illegally. Many choose to act illegally, and many kind-hearted people turn a blind eye. The problem with this laxborder security is that it also allows the bad guys in.

It’s not our job to fix Mexico, and I don’t think there’s any way we can. But we can fix our immigration system. Let’s put up a big, heavily armed fence to keep the bad guys out, and let’s get rid of quotasand let as many of the good guys in that want to come live in the best country on Earth.

Don’t you think most illegal immigrants would rather be citizens? Let’s not make it impossible for them to do that.

Cross Posted at The Stir

Anchor Babies

Everyone’s talking about anchor babies. Ann Coulter. John Boehner. Texans.

Anchor babies are the children born to illegal immigrants on U.S. soil, and therefore United States citizens, entitled to all of the rights and privileges thereof. Education, health care, and other expensive stuff.

The debate of birthright citizenship comes out of the 14th amendment, which reads (in part):

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The point of it was to grant citizenship to newly freed slaves, but over the last 150ish years, it’s morphed into an invitation for about-to-be mamas to circumvent a messed up immigration system and plant some baby leg roots in the United States.

I do not have an opinion on whether or not birthright citizenship is Constitutional. But there’s no denying that it’s a drain on our resources.

I propose that we stop fighting about the 14th amendment, strengthen border security, and end welfare.

There. Anchor baby *problem* solved.

See how easy that was?

Judge Susan Bolton Says, “Not So Fast” to Arizona

I think it’s annoying that most people in the news continue to refer toArizona’s SB1070 as the “controversial” anti-immigration bill. First off, how can it be controversial when it’s supported by 70 percent of the population? Second, it’s not anti-immigration at all. It’s anti-illegal immigration.

I’ve never been a big fan of the Arizona law, but it’s not because I think it’s discriminatory toward Mexicans. I don’t like it because I don’t think there should be a reason for it. Deportation of illegal immigrants should be the federal government’s domain.

Unfortunately, the process of becoming a legal citizen of the United States has become so arduous that many hard-working people bypass the impossible system while the feds look the other way.

While the feds are looking the other way, some really bad guys come in too. Drug mules, slave drivers, kidnappers … shall I continue? Phoenix has the second highest kidnapping rate in the world. OnlyMexico City witnesses more kidnappings than the Arizona capital.

Most of the kidnappings and other violent crimes are attributed to Mexican drug cartels.

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Arizona Bites Back Over Los Angeles Boycott

My latest at The Stir:

Apparently Los Angeles doesn’t like the immigration law in Arizona. Well, at least Mayor Villaraigosa and the city council don’t like it. Recently they voted 13-1 to boycott Arizona in protest over the state’s Constitutional right to enact laws that are supported by a majority of its citizens.

Um, ok.

Arizona is completely within its rights to enact a law that would enable local law enforcement to do the job that our federal government is slacking on — keeping our borders safe. The immigration law in Arizona is almost a carbon copy of the federal law. Let me sum it up — if you want to live and work in America, please do so legally.

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Obama and Calderon Discuss Immigration Concerns

Yesterday President Felipe Calderon of Mexico visited President Obama in the White House. It is unclear whether or not he was required to show papers to gain entry to the United States. Not that it seems to be very difficult to crash state dinners these days. Even Michaele and Tareq Salahi almost put in an appearance.

Before the snazzy dinner sponsored by you and me, the taxpayers, the two heads of state addressed the controversial Arizona immigration law.

President Obama said:

“I want everyone, American and Mexican, to know my administration is taking a very close look at the Arizona law,” he said. “We’re examining any implications, especially for civil rights, because in the United States of America, no law-abiding person, be they an American citizen, a legal immigrant, or a visitor or tourist from Mexico, should ever be subject to suspicion simply because of what they look like.”

And President Calderon invited Americans to come to Mexico, take on a false identity, and take advantage of every public service available, from the education of our children (who of course will be taught by bilingual teachers) to food stamps (so we can have more children on Mexico’s dime). Oh, and of course free health care for everyone.

Ok, not really. But I’m sure that’s what he meant.

The Smart Girl Report – Episode 0027

Jenny talks about the new immigrant law in Arizona, Ned Ryun of American Majority joins to share the low-down on Post Party Summits, conservative chick chat with Brittany Cohan, and cocktails with Mike G.